Taste unusual honeys at Z Specialty open house in Woodland

Taste dozens of honeys — plus local olive oil and mead — during Z Specialty Food's open house, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20.

At 1250-A Harter Ave. in Woodland, Z Specialty is celebrating its 38th year in the honey and gourmet food business. The family-run company is owned and operated by Davis honey expert Amina Harris, her husband Ishai Zeldner and son Josh Zeldner.

Harris, who will lead a honey tasting at noon, is the director of the Honey and Pollination Center at UC Davis and creator of the Honey Aroma and Flavor Wheel. The flavor wheels will be available for sale at the event, with proceeds benefiting the honey center and the Bee Biology Lab at UC Davis.

“This is your opportunity to select a honey and taste its unique characteristics," Harris said. "People select a honey and taste it. Then they try the next one. The magic happens right here. They are amazed by how different the second tastes from the first. And then they are unstoppable moving from one honey to the next, selecting favorites.”

Visitors can try many honeys along with honey fruit spreads, chocolate cremes and other gourmet gift foods. Among the more unusual honeys will be pomegranate, coriander, cactus blossom, purple vetch and raspberry.

Buckeye Creek Farms olive oils and Sacramento's Strad Meadery will also have tastings.

Sunday's free event is open to the public. For details and directions, click on or call 530-668-0660.

Can't make it Nov. 20? The company will host a second open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 10.